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A 30-year-old female asked about a 49-year-old female:

hi what is acne?

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Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Clogged glands: Acne, medically known as Acne Vulgaris, is a skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of hair follicles. It commonly occurs during puberty when the sebaceous (oil) glands come to life - the glands are stimulated by male hormones produced by the adrenal glands of both males and females.

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A 23-year-old male asked:

Hi i need some answers on reducing acne?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Scientific Rx: None of the "pop / folk / holistic / lifestyle / diet" remedies work. The only over-the-counter stuff that's any good is benzoyl peroxide, and it's not that strong. This is the 21st century and you have right to effective rx. Fora man, i usually add topical clindamycin, plus a retinoic acid derivative if there are blackheads; adding a systemic antibiotic usually finishes the job; stronger rx exist.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Hi are there any what are good home remediesthat i can use for my acne?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Nothing reliable: "pop" remedies are at best adjuncts to scientific treatment. Tea tree oil may help but has given teenaged boys breasts. If topical benzoyl peroxide has failed, a physician's office visit is in order. Acne is a serious, chronic disease that can do grave physical and emotional damage. Don't let your reluctance to use 21st century medicine cause you to neglect the health of a teen. Best wishes.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Hi docs! wondering what acne methods have worked for your patients?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
The scientific stuff: Topical benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinoic acid derivatives, topical clindamycin, systemic tetracyclines, systemic erythromycin, topical spironolactone, the oral contraceptive pill, isotretinoin, lasers. Don't ask for personal anecdotes -- this is the era of evidence-based medicine. Your personal physican's your best guide. Best wishes.
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A 17-year-old female asked:

Hi. I need help with my acne?

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Dr. Mary Dyer
Family Medicine 25 years experience
Choices: Benzoyl peroxide is over the counter and is helpful. You can see your doc for a prescription but try a few simple things... Wash your pillowcases often, don't touch your skin where it's broken out, and be conscious of anything that does touch your face often ( like phone) and clean it
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A 25-year-old female asked:

Hi doc how to cure acne.

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Acne treatment no Rx: Acne can be prevented or minimized by using a gentle cleanser twice daily, over the counter benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid products followed by a noncomedogenic moisturizer such as Cetaphil, Ceravue or similar. A 'clean' diet of whole grains, vegetables and fruits, devoid of fast or prepackaged food, can help your skin and overall health.

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